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Paddington 2 (2018)

January 12, 2018
PG
Comedy, Adventure, Animation

Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

This film is based on the Paddington Bear stories created by author Michael Bond and serves as a sequel to the family hit from 2014. The original Paddington movie earned widespread acclaim from critics and earned $265.3 million at the worldwide box office. Among the accolades it received were two British Academy Film Awards: Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. The success of the first film all but guaranteed a sequel would be made. Principal photography ran from October 2016 to June 2017, completing ahead of Paddington 2's U.K. theatrical premiere in November 2017.

Paddington 2 was originally going to be distributed by The Weinstein Company, but following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the rights were picked up by Warner Bros.

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Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

January 5, 2018
PG-13
Thriller, Mystery, Horror

The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. The franchise welcomes back standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist who faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

This film is the fourth overall installment in the Insidious horror film franchise, which began with the original movie back in 2011. The previous three films have all been moderate box office successes, with the property peaking in 2013 with Insidious: Chapter 2 ($83.5 million). The Last Key is second in regards to the in-universe chronology, following the events of Insidious: Chapter 3. It was originally going to be released in October 2017 for Halloween, but studio Blumhouse Productions pushed it back for Happy Death Day instead. Principal photography took place in 2016.

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Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

August 15, 2018
PG-13
Comedy

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

Shortly after the original novel's publication in 2013, film rights were acquired and the project entered development. John M. Chu was hired as director in 2016. Principal photography started in 2017.

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Widows (2018)

November 16, 2018
R
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

This is the latest film from director Steve McQueen, an Oscar-winner from 12 Years a Slave. It is based on the 1983 TV series of the same name. Widows was first announced in 2015, with McQueen and writer Gillian Flynn signing on as its creative team. The cast started to come together in 2016, when Viola Davis joined the project. The supporting cast rounded into shape during 2017, prior to production starting. Filming started in May 2017.

Widows held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, a couple of months before its theatrical debut.

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

August 10, 2018
R
Crime, Thriller

From visionary director Spike Lee comes the provocative story based on Ron Stallworth’s real life as Colorado Springs’s first African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Unbelievably, Detective Stallworth (John David Washington) and his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) penetrate the KKK at its highest levels to thwart its attempt to take over the city. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out, Spike Lee uses his trademark take-no-prisoner style and humor to tell this story often missing from the history books.

Spike Lee signed on to direct BlacKkKlansman in September 2017, with Jordan Peele producing via his Monkeypaw Productions banner. Focus Features announced an official release date for the film in April 2018. The movie is adapted from the book of the same name by Stallworth and is set open in theaters in time to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist march and subsequent protests in Charlottesville.

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The First Purge/The Purge 4 (2018)

July 4, 2018
R
Thriller, Horror

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

July 20, 2018
PG-13
Comedy, Musical

In this sequel to Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother's past while pregnant herself.

The film was announced in May 2017, with the intention of it reaching theaters in July 2018. Several returning members of the cast were confirmed shortly after. Principal photography began in August 2017 and ran through until December of that year.

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The Cloverfield Paradox/Cloverfield 3 (2018)

February 4, 2018
Not Yet Rated
Mystery, Sci-Fi, Horror

In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.

The Cloverfield Paradox stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar), John Ortiz (Fast & Furious films, Kong: Skull Island), Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Beyond the Lights), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd, Moone Boy, Thor: The Dark World), Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War, Rush).

Directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble). Originally scripted by Freaks of Nature and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel, the project was rewritten by Star Beyond‘s Doug Jung.

Isle of Dogs (2018)

March 23, 2018
PG-13
Comedy, Adventure, Animation

Set in a dystopian future Japan in which dogs have been quarantined on the remote eponymous island due to a "canine flu", Isle of Dogs follows five local dogs—Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke, and King. They are fed up with their isolated existence until a boy named Atari Kobayashi ventures to the island to search for his dog, Spots. Atari receives their help and they will protect him from the Japanese authorities who have come to retrieve him.

This is the latest film from director Wes Anderson and his second stop-motion animated movie (following 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox). Anderson first announced the project in 2015. He was inspired by the films of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and the holiday television specials produced by Rankin/Bass. Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired the distribution rights in December 2016 with the intention of releasing it in 2018.

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Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

February 9, 2018
R
Thriller, Romance

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.

This is the final chapter in the Fifty Shades trilogy, which is based on the series of novels by E.L. James. Though the franchise has been widely panned by critics, the movies are financially successful. The first film, Fifty Shades of Grey, was released in 2015 and earned $571 million at the worldwide box office. Sequel Fifty Shades Darker fared worse commercially, but still brought in $381.1 million. With Fifty Shades Freed, the franchise should pass the $1 billion mark collectively. This film was shot back-to-back with Fifty Shades Darker, with director James Foley beginning production in 2016. Production ran from February to July that year. Universal will release Fifty Shades Freed in IMAX theaters.

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The House with a Clock in its Walls (2018)

September 21, 2018
PG
Family, Fantasy, Horror

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

This film is based on the novel of the same name by John Bellairs. Principal photography started in October 2017.

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Outlaw King (2018)

November 9, 2018
R
Action, Drama, Biography

A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.

Principal photography on the film started in August 2017 and ran through November of that year.

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

August 17, 2018
TV-14
Comedy, Romance

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? Lara Jean Song Covey’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved - five in all - are mysteriously mailed out.

The film rights to YA New York Times Bestselling author Jenny Han's original novel were optioned by Overbrook Entertainment in 2014. Production began in Vancouver in July 2017, with Susan Johnson directing. Netflix picked up the distribution rights the following March.

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Hereditary (2018)

June 8, 2018
R
Drama, Mystery, Horror

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited as it slowly destroys everything they know. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

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Slender Man (2018)

August 10, 2018
PG-13
Horror

In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of SLENDER MAN. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.

This film is based on the character created by Eric Knudsen, who came up with Slender Man for a creepypasta Internet meme. It first entered development in 2016, with Sony hiring a screenwriter to pen the movie. The cast was announced in May 2017, with filming running from June through July of that year. Many people have noted the film is being released a few years after the Slender Man stabbing in Wisconsin.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

November 16, 2018
R
Western

A six-part western anthology film centered on a man named Buster Scruggs, where each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.

The movie's six stories were written by the Coen Brothers over a 25-year period. Production began in late 2017, with filming taking place in regions of Nebraska and New Mexico.

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Searching (2018)

August 24, 2018
PG-13
Thriller, Mystery

After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever.

Searching is the feature directing debut for writer/director Aneesh Chaganty. It won the Best of Next! Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Truth or Dare (2018)

April 13, 2018
PG-13
Thriller, Horror

A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone - or something - begins to punish those who tell a lie - or refuse the dare.

This film was first announced in March 2017, with Blumhouse and Universal announcing Jeff Wadlow as director. Wadlow previously made the comic book adaptation Kick-Ass 2. Principal photography began in June 2017 after the cast was assembled. Blumhouse, who had a banner 2017, is hoping this film continues their hot streak into the next year.

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Tag (2018)

June 15, 2018
R
Comedy

For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry: “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready.

Based on a true story, the New Line Cinema comedy Tag shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

The film entered development in 2013 and was originally envisioned as a vehicle for Jack Black and Will Ferrell. It started to gain more traction in 2016, after Black and Ferrell left. The current cast came together in 2016 and 2017 before the film entered principal photography.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

March 9, 2018
R
Thriller, Horror

A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive.

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